May 2019 - Sports



  • In ISSF shooting World Cup, in Munich Germany, India's Saurabh Chaudhary has won 10m Air Pistol Gold beating his own World Record. The 17-year old Chaudhary scored 246.3 bettering his previous best of 245 points that was set in New Delhi World Cup Shooting in February this year. Chaudhury has already secured a berth for the Tokyo Olympics. This is India's second Gold in the championship.


  • Indian shooter Rahi Sarnobat won the gold in 25m Pistol event at the ISSF World Cup 2019 in Munich. She also sealed a quota place for India in the event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Rahi scored a total of 37, beating Ukraine's Olena Kostevych, who was champion at the 2004 Athens Olympics.


  • Apurvi Chandela bags gold medal in 10m Air Rifle in ISSF World Cup. India won third International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Rifle and Pistol tournament in Munich, Germany. Apurvi Chandela won gold in the women's 10m Air Rifle competition after a closely-fought contest. She shot a score of 251 in the final to outshine Wang Luyao of China, who shot 250.8. This was Apurvi's second ISSF World Cup gold of the year followed by a world record score in New Delhi.


  • India’s Mahesh Mangaonkar won Sekisui Open. Three years back he had won it the first time. Sekisui Open is a Challenger tour event of the Professional Squash Association (PSA), the world body which governs the sports. Top-seeded Mahesh beat third seed Bernat Jaume of Spain in four games 11-9, 3-11, 11-5, 11-5 to win his 8th PSA title.


  • Bayern Munich clinched German Football Cup 2019. Bayern Munich defeated RB Leipzig. Bayern Munich won the final 3–0 for their 19th DFB-Pokal title. With the win, Bayern completed their 12th domestic double.


  • In Shooting, India topped the medals tally with five golds and a silver at the ISSF World Cup in Munich, Germany. Second-placed China bagged nine medals two gold, two silver, and five bronze medals. India gold medallists included Apurvi Chandela in the Women's 10 meters Air Rifle, Rahi Sarnobat in the Women's 25m Pistol and Saurabh Chaudhary in the men's 10m Air Pistol.


  • The Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) signed a MoU with HCL on 15 May 2019. The aim of the MoU is to improve the condition of the sport in the country. Through 'HCL Squash Podium Programme', multiple tournaments will be organized at both the senior and junior level. SRFI will conduct 12 PSA World Tour and Challenger Tour events every year across the country.


  • The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced that for the first time an all-female referee team will take charge of a men’s continental club cup clash. Japanese referee Yoshimi Yamashita and assistants Makoto Bozono and Naomi.


  • Sneha Sharma shines in F4 SEA Championship. India’s top woman racer Sneha Sharma jumped into the lead in the ladies’ category after Round 3 of the Formula 4 South East Asia Championship. Sneha won the leading trophy in each of the 4 races to grab the Overall Cup for women in the Thailand round.


  • The Second India Open International Boxing Tournament began at Sarusajai stadium in Guwahati on 20 May 2019. 16 countries will participate in the tournament where nearly 200 boxers will vying for the podium. India has fielded a strong contingent of 38 men and 37 women in the tournament including Mary Kom in 51-kilogram category.


  • Anirudh Chandrasekar and Niki Poonacha won the 2019 International Tennis Federation (ITF) men’s Futures tennis tournament title in Kampala, Uganda. The pair defeated Simon Carr and Ryan James Storrie and secured 6-3, 6-4. It was the maiden international title for Anirudh, while it was fourth doubles title for Poonacha.


  • Badminton World Federation (BWF) launched two new formats of Badminton named as Air Badminton & Triples. BWF launched Air Badminton at Guangzhou with new dimensions of the court and an innovative shuttlecock called Airshuttle. The Air Badminton will be an outdoor game as compared to traditional badminton which is indoor games.


  • 32-team format in 2022 FIFA World Cup. FIFA shrugged off any possibility of expansion from 32 to 48 teams at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. On January 10, 2017, FIFA Council unanimously decided in favour of expanding the FIFA World Cup to a 48-team competition as of the 2026 edition.


  • India bags a total of 57 medals including 12 Gold, 18 Silver and 27 Bronze at India Open International Boxing tournament in Guwahati. MC Mary Kom, Shiva Thapa, L Sarita Devi and Naman Tanwar won gold in their respective finals. The London Olympic bronze medalist blew away the challenge of Vanlal Duati in a facile 5-0 win. This was Mary's second gold in the tournament, having won in 48 kg last year in the capital.

    On the other hand, Deepak defeated Govind Kumar in 49 kg final while in 52 kg category - Amit Panghal defeated Sachin. In women's 54 kg, local favourite Jamuna Boro defeated Sandhyarani and also qualified for the World Championship. In men's 69 kg Aashish clinched the Gold, while in women's 57 kg category Neeraj won the final.


  • Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom and Sarita Devi won gold medals at the second India Open boxing tournament. The tournament concluded on 24 May 2019. India won medals in 52 kg, 81 kg, 91 kg and +91 kg men's categories. 


  • Indian racer Jehan Daruvala, won the inaugural round of the FIA Formula 3 Championship, one of the support events to Formula One in Barcelona on 12 May 2019. The FIA F3 Championship was created by merging the erstwhile cand FIA F3 European Championship. Jehan is the only Indian to win a Grand Prix when he won the New Zealand Grand Prix.


  • Novak won Madrid Open Title. Novak Djokovic of Serbia beat Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-3, 6-4 to win his third Madrid Open title on 12 May 2019. Djokovic lifted the title in Madrid and has now won 33 Masters 1000 titles - the same number as Rafael Nadal and five more than Roger Federer.


  • Mumbai beat Chennai by one run to win record 4th IPL title. Mumbai Indians became IPL champions for the fourth time after defeating Chennai Super Kings by one run in a thrilling final in Hyderabad on 12 May, 2019. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the most successful wicket-keeper in the history of IPL by taking his dismissals tally to 132, surpassing his India teammate Dinesh Karthik.


  • World’s first exclusive women’s cricket magazine CRICZONE has released. It has Indian women’s cricket team vice-captain Smriti Mandhana featured as the cover story. The publisher of the magazine is Yash Lahoti. The objective of this magazine is to empower young aspiring women cricketers to take the sport as a profession and able to make a sustainable living.


  • Jaisalmer to host International Army Games. International Army Scout Masters Competition as a part of International Army Games will be organised at Jaisalmer from 24 July-17 August 2019. The event will witness participation of the Mechanised Infantry Scout Teams of eight countries including Russia. The Competition will be conducted in 5 stages, which will test the overall skills of Mechanised Infantry Scouts.


  • India captain Virat Kohli bagged the International Cricketer and Batsman of the Year award during the CEAT Cricket Rating (CCR) International awards 2019. The ceremony held in Mumbai on 13th May, 2019 in presence of a galaxy of past and present cricketers.

    Pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who made a mark for India and IPL franchise Mumbai Indians, was adjudged as International Bowler of the Year. Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan was awarded for outstanding bowling and Australian batsman Aaron Finch for his exceptional performance in T20.

    Young prodigy Yashasvi Jaiswal, who performed exceptionally over the year was awarded Junior Cricketer of the Year, while chinaman Kuldeep Yadav took the home outstanding performance of the year award.

    Ashutosh Aman was awarded Domestic Cricketer of the Year.

    Legendary Mohinder Amarnath, who played a key role in India's 1983 World Cup triumph, was bestowed with the 'CCR International Lifetime Achievement Award'.

    Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar, former Australian batsman Dean Jones, former India stumper Saba Karim were present on the occasion among others.


  • India’s GS Lakshmi first woman on ICC international panel of match referees. India's G.S. Lakshmi has become the first woman to be appointed to ICC's international panel of match referees and will be eligible to officiate in international games with immediate effect. Claire Polosak had become the first ever woman umpire to stand in a men's ODI, earlier this month. Lakshmi, 51, who first officiated as a match referee in domestic women's cricket in 2008-09, has overseen three women's ODI matches and three women's T20 International matches.


  • Ace Indian squash players Saurav Ghoshal and Joshna Chinappa won their respective Asian Individual Squash Championship titles in KualaLumpur, Malaysia. Saurav Ghoshal defeated Leo Au Chun Ming of Hong Kong to win the men's title. He is the first Indian male player to reach top ten of the world rankings. Joshna Chinappa retained her title by beating Annie Au of Hong Kong in the women's final.


  • Indian boxers finished with six medals, including two gold at the 36th Feliks Stamm International Boxing Tournament in Warsaw, Poland.
    Gaurav Solanki and Manish Kaushik bagged one gold each.
    Indian boxers also clinched a silver and three bronze.


  • Fabio Fognini became the first Italian to win an ATP Masters 1000 title at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters. He defeated Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 38 minutes. Fognini is the eighth player to win his first Masters 1000 title over the past 17 events at the elite level. In the 92 ATP Masters 1000 events prior to 2017 Rome, only eight players won their first Masters 1000 crown.


  • The United States secured the One-Day International (ODI) status. There will be 20 ODI nations after the end of the tournament, with the top four sides to join Scotland, the United Arab Emirates, Nepal, and the Netherlands in having temporary status. Oman has also secured their ODI status, leaving Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Canada, and Hong Kong to fight it out for the remaining two places.


  • All India Football Federation (AIFF) appointed Romanian Doru Isac as the technical director of for a 3-year tenure. The All India Football Federation, also simply known as the AIFF, is the governing body of association football in India. Formed in 1937, the federation was one of founding members of the Asian Football Confederation, the overseer of football in Asia.


  • Claire to become first women umpire. Australia’s Claire Polosak created history as the first woman umpire ever to stand in a men’s One-Day International She took the field in the final of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2. She was the first woman to stand in a men’s domestic fixture in Australia in her first List A match in Australia in 2017.


  • India ended with 16 medals at Asian Wrestling Championship. India wrapped up their campaign at the Asian Wrestling Championships at Xi'an, China, on a resounding note with 16 medals. Men's freestyle wrestlers bagged eight medals comprising one gold, three silver and four bronze. Women wrestlers claimed four bronze. These included Harpreet Singh's silver in 82kg and bronze by Gyanender in 60kg on the final day of the competitions.


  • India has won 13 medals, including two gold, four silver and seven bronze at the Asian Boxing Championships. Boxer Amit Panghal picked up his second successive gold medal of the year, claiming the top honours in the 52-kilogram category. National champion Deepak Singh and Kavinder Singh Bisht in 56-kilogram category signed off with silver medals after close losses.


  • Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) has decided to bid for the 2024 edition of the biennial World Team Championships. The last time India hosted a World Championships was way back in 1987. The last big ITTF event was staged in India was in 2012 when Hyderabad hosted the World Junior Championships.


  • Indian para-athletes secured a silver and two bronze medals at the Asian Road para-cycling championships at Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Divij Shah clinched silver while Asian Para Games bronze medallist Gurlal Singh and Hand cyclist Sudhakar Marathe claimed bronze.


  • Petra won Maiden Grand Prix 2019. World number three tennis player Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) beat Anett Kontaveit (Estonia) to win Stuttgart’s Porsche Grand Prix for her second title of the year. Kvitova is a two-time Wimbledon champion. The championship was held at Stuttgart, Germany.


  • Dominic won Barcelona Open Title. Dominic Thiem clinched the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell 2019 title held at Barcelona, Spain which was held from April 22- 28, 2019. He secured 6-4, 6-0. He became just the fourth player in the past 15 years to lift the title in Barcelona, joining Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori, and Fernando Verdasco. He’s also the first Austrian winner at this event since Thomas Muster in 1996.


  • Eliud Kipchoge won London Marathon tilte. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge clinched his fourth London Marathon 2019 crown on 28th April 2019 at London, UK. Kipchoge strode clear of the field to win with the second fastest-ever time of 2:02:37. He set the world record time of 2:01.39s at Berlin in 2018.

    In the women’s section, Brigid Kosgei won the title. She finished the course in 2:18:20 and defeated Vivian Cheruiyot and Roza Dereje.


  • Valtteri Bottas won Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Valtteri Viktor Bottas of Mercedes won Formula 1 State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2019. He defeated Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton at the Baku City Circuit in Baku, Azerbaijan.


  • Raheem Sterling has been named the 2019 footballer of the year by the Football Writers' Association (FWA). The Manchester City and England forward topped the poll of the 400-strong FWA membership as a winner, with 62% of the votes. He was more than 100 votes ahead of Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk.


  • Bajrang Punia is set to become the first wrestler from India to fight at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York. He is currently the World No.1 in the 65-kg weight category. Bajrang will be up against two-time US national champion Yianni Diakomahlis at the 'Grapple at the Garden -- Beat the Streets' event.


  • India’s G Sathiyan has become the first Indian to break into the top-25 of world rankings in Table Tennis. Sathiyan rose four spots to be 24th in the latest ITTF rankings, following his impressive sixth place finish in the Asia Cup in Yokohama. India’s number one female player, ManikaBatra, slipped three spots to be 59th.


  • Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara was appointed as the first non-British president of the Marylebone Cricket Club. He will be the first overseas MCC president in the organization's 233-year history. His nomination announced by current President Anthony Wreford will begin with one-year tenure in October.


  • Indian shooting ace Apurvi Chandela attained the world number one position in the women's 10 metres air rifle event. Anjum Moudgil rose to number two after consistent performances in recent years. Among men, Divyansh Singh Panwar reached world number four spot in 10 metres air rifle category.


  • India retained its top position in the ICC Test rankings, and gained two points to become the world's second best ODI team. England remained the number one ODI side in the latest annual rankings released in Dubai. New Zealand gained three points in the Test rankings to move two points behind India.


  • Bajrang Punia won the gold medal in the Ali Aliyev wrestling tournament held in Kaspiisk, Russia. In his final bout, he defeated Russian Viktor Rassadin by 13-8 in men's 65kg freestyle. The 25-year-old currently holds the number one spot in World Wrestling Rankings.



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